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Is there a mandate to repeal Obamacare?

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Some commenters have said that. “Trump said in every campaign appearance that he was going to repeal Obamacare.” Actually, he always said he was going to repeal and REPLACE Obamacare, and sometimes said he was going to “replace Obamacare with something TERRIFIC.”

I’m sure the people at the rallies imagined that they were going to get Trumpcare that would be better than Obamacare because the website would work a lot better, the deductibles would be lower, and the whole thing would be a lot less confusing. They didn’t sign on for replacing Obamacare with tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent. They didn’t board the Trump Train because they were followers of Ayn Rand and wanted to live in Galt’s Gulch, they boarded because they thought Trump was the only guy who cared about regular non-elite non-minority Americans.

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July 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

Tort reform?

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“gda” writes in a comment:

Krauthammer says tort reform alone would lower health costs 25%. But of course the lawyers work assiduously to make sure there is no real discussion, and certainly no implementation, of that.

Great idea, Republicans should work on tort reform instead of repealing Obamacare. Everybody would win except for lawyers.

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July 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

About Obamacare

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Trump should have taken my advice.

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My advice for what issue to tackle next? Immigration! Not taxes. No no no. Especially when your tax policy team is a bunch of right-wing hacks. And you have loonies like Rand Paul thrown into the mix.

Get the damn wall funded. That’s what the people voted for. They voted for a wall. Not tax cuts for the top 1%.

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July 19, 2017 at 8:01 am

Are SWPL kids becoming shorter?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drinking-non-cows-milk-soy-almond-may-affect-childrens-height-study/

It was reported two weeks ago that children who drank more milk were taller, but children who drank milk-alternatives like almond milk and soy milk were significantly shorter.

Who the hell gives their children almond or soy milk to drink? The answer is SWPLs. Stupid SWPLs who think that cholesterol is bad for their kids.

In the future, Harvard will be full of these short little midget people raised on vegan crap.

That is, if shorter stature is uncorrelated with SAT scores. Although I’m not convinced that the Flynn Effect is real, given that the alleged long-time trend of increasing IQs happened at the same time as the long-time trend of increasing height, it is possible that withholding milk and other high-fat high-protein foods from kids will also lower their IQ.

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ASF writes: “Study proves nothing whatsoever. Even though the results may support our dislike for SWPL behavior, we have to be careful to not believe a study just because it purports to support our side.”

How about the evidence that the Dutch are the world’s tallest people, and the Netherlands has the highest per capita milk consumption?

Also, remember my rule that you should always believes studies that show that SWPL foods or behavior are bad, because studies are always biased in the other direction.

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June 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Medicaid-for-all much less expensive than private insurance!

If you look at this chart you’ll see that average Medicaid spending per adult (which I presume are those adults who don’t qualify for Medicare) was only $3,247 per year in FY2011.

That’s a lot less money per enrollee than the cost of Obamacare insurance policies. Plus Medicaid covers 100% of medical expenses, not like crappy Obamacare plans that come with huge deductibles and copays and where you have to fight with the insurance company over every bill to avoid being ripped off.

Less expensive per enrollee plus 100% free coverage plus better customer service.

So why can’t scrap our private-insurance-based health system and just go with Medicaid?

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March 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

Robert Frank endorses “Medicare for all”

Robert Frank, an economics professor from Cornell whom I respect quite a bit and I have mentioned many times before in my blogs (and he may even be a secret believer in HBD) endorses “Medicare for all” in a New York Times op-ed, and I agree with it.

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March 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

Society has lost all common sense with transgender crap

Man becomes a woman and then wins woman’s weightlifting competition.

Isn’t there any common sense in this world? If you are/were a man, you shouldn’t be allowed to compete in women’s sports, no matter how much weird surgeries and hormone treatments that you’ve had.

Also, we need to stop pretending that a man can become a woman and vice versa. People can only become freaks, not the other sex.

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March 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

Why I don’t buy into the high fructose corn syrup scare

I remember back in the 1970s, before corn syrup became the primary sweetener used in commercial foods, the health food people said that fructose was healthier than cane sugar because fructose was a “natural” sugar found in fruits while cane sugar was evil processed sugar.

It’s only after mass production of corn syrup sweetener that the health food people started saying the opposite.

This is just a case of whatever seems to be the most “artificial” mass-produced food being picked on, even though all sugars are harvested from natural plants. For the same reason, soda is demonized over fruit juice because soda seems artificial and fruit juice seems natural, but they are both equally unhealthy (assuming that liquids loaded up with sugar are unhealthy).

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One of the most important things I learned from Paul Fussell is that sweet foods are prole, so I have made a conscious effort to eat less sweet food in order to be higher class.

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March 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Trump should ditch the Paul Ryan plan

Chris Ruddy from Newsmax, who is pro-Trump, argues that Trump should abandon the stupid Paul Ryan plan and instead support expanded Medicaid among other things.

This would be smart for Trump do to. I’ve previously warned that Trump could lose reelection in 2020 “if the repeal of Obamacare becomes a mess and PR disaster,” and Chris Ruddy is right, Trump is walking into a trap by letting TruCon hacks, whose business-as-usual platform Republican primary voters rejected in favor of Trump, set healthcare policy.

And I definitely agree with Chris Ruddy that insurance companies are ripping off Americans and we should stop helping them do that.

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March 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm

You can keep your doctor, or you can keep your iPhone

A leading Republican congressman suggested on Tuesday that lower-income Americans stop buying new iPhones and “invest in their own health care.” The comment by Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah came a day after the GOP rolled out a new Obamacare replacement bill that could increase their insurance costs.

The bill also contains a big new financial treat for health insurance companies.

The Republican plan calls for allowing insurers to write off as a business expense the entire amount of their executives’ salaries on their taxes, and not just the first $500,000, as is the case now under the Affordable Care Act.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/07/republican-iphones-obamacare-replacement-tax-break-insurance-ceos.html

Even ignoring the outrage of proposing a tax cut for people making more than $500,000/year at the expense of benefits for poor people, this quote demonstrates 19th-century economic thinking. iPhone sales are mostly a value transference business, and to the extent that production of additional iPhones creates jobs, it creates them in China. So if people stopped buying iPhones, it wouldn’t free up any resources in the United States that could then be directed towards healthcare.

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Magnavox says: “the amount of waste in the US health care industry completely dwarfs the amount spent on iphones by all classes”

mikeca says: “Most of the self employed working class people that I know do not have smart phones. They have old flip phones which you can get for almost free with a wireless plan. Even if they were buying a brand new $800 iPhone every year (which they are not), you are not going to get health insurance that covers anything for $800 a year.”

I say: I personally need to have an iPhone if I ever plan on going back to work in digital product management, since how could I manage products for mobile devices if I don’t even use a smartphone?

I also say: Having a phone of some sort is a necessity to be part of our society (although it doesn’t need to be the latest and most expensive iPhone). Most employers expect you to have a phone, for example. Most people who need to save money have just have a cell phone and not a landline. Poor people are more likely to own Androids which are cheaper, so they are already not buying the most expensive phones. There are many cheap-ass Androids for under $100 (although they probably suck compared to iPhone).

A new iPhone SE is $399, and that’s still less expensive than a single month of health insurance for a single person.

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There’s the point of view that the Congressman’s statement was merely a metaphor for poor people foolishly spending their money. Nevertheless, this was obviously a huge gaffe on the part of the Congressman. Way bigger than Mitt Romney’s 47% gaffe. So huge that it jeopardizes the chances that Republicans will have the political support to repeal Obamacare (not saying that I agree with repealing Obamacare).

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March 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

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